Other Land Development Code Updates

Urban Corridors

Ord. 16-06, Adopted on Nov. 15, 2016 & Ord. 16-07
Background. Since the late 1990’s, new development has been generally focused east of Interstate 75 and Southwest County has been in a slow, but steady decline in terms of indicators such as property values, average household income levels and other factors in comparison to the overall county. The age of infrastructure, housing, code enforcement cases, crime, and numbers of rental properties in established neighborhoods have been increasing over the years.
These trends have been recognized in various plans, studies and by the public for over a decade.
 It is the hope that the the Urban Corridor amendment will improve opportunities for infill, redevelopment and development, along the major corridors in the district. These major corridors include portions of the Tamiami Trail, 15th Street East, 53rd Ave/SR 70, Cortez Road, Manatee Avenue, and 1st Street within the Urban Service Area of the County.
The amendments generally provide greater flexibility in the regulations, allows for moderate increases in density and intensity of development, and allows residential and mixed-use development patterns to occur along the corridors.
Countywide Amendments 
Background: In addition to the changes for the Urban Corridors, the Board approved amendments to both the Comprehensive Plan and LDC that are applicable countywide. These changes include moving some language internally, between the two documents, reconciling language, and some various clean-up amendments.
What's Next ??
Process Improvements to the Manatee County Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code.
  • The Board of County Commission recently approved amendments to the Manatee County Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code to promote and encourage redevelopment along the Urban Corridors within Southwest County. 
  • Now it is staff’s intent to look at the entire development review process within both documents; to provide for process improvements applicable Countywide, specifically looking at ensuring consistency between the documents and creating development standards to ensure development review is meaningful, consistent, and predictable for staff, the developer, and the citizens of Manatee County. 

Staff has retained the services of Pat Tyjeski with Littlejohn Consultants to assist in the amendments. 


Board Kickoff Meeting Presentation - Special Approval & Planned Development


Board Kickoff Meeting Presentation - LDC & Comp Plan



Contact Information. For more information, please contact Lisa Barrett, Planning Manager, at (941) 748-4501 x6884 or via email at lisa.barrett@mymanatee.org.